Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Capao da Imbuia

Hellllllooooooooooooo Family and Friends!!!!!!!

This week has been a very good, wonderful, fantastic, week! Yolanda was baptized this Saturday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am soooo happpy! My heart is filled with so much joy!! I have so much love for these people I have met here! They will forever have a place in my heart. The gospel is perfect! The gospel changes lives. I am so grateful to help these people here learn more about our savior Jesus Christ. I have learned so much and have felt my testimony grow!

My investigator Luzia wrote me a letter--in half English, the other half in Portuguese. It was the sweetest thing ever!  

I don’t have very much time this week to write but we had transfers and I am in a new area called Capão da Imbuia. It is a smaller area than Bom Retiro and my companion is American—wahooooo. Her name is Sister Flora and she is from California. I am so excited for this next transfer. I was really sad to leave Sister Cordeiro. She and I cried this morning leaving each other, but that is just another part of the mission, right? I will make sure to send more pictures next week. 

Eu sei que o evangelho é perfeito. Não tem outra caminho. Eu sei que Deus conhece cada um de nos. Ela esta feliz quando nos estamos feliz e ele esta sofrendo quando nos sofreemos. Eu sei que essa igreja do salvador não tem duvida neguma. Lembra deus sempre esta conosco. Nunca afasta dele porque ele nunca afasta de nos. Te Amo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Com muito amor,

Sister Erickson 

Monday, August 7, 2017


This week has been a really good week! So many things have happened I don’t even know where to begin! This week we have been teaching an 80 year-old woman named Lolanda and her granddaughter, Luiza! They are both soo sweet! Lolanda has come to church with us the past 2 Sundays! She will be baptized this Saturday!! I am so excited for her!! We also set a baptisimal date for Luiza but her mom doesn’t want her to get baptized! We are trying to talk more to her mom about baptism and all the good things that come from it! We want her to be baptized with her grandma this Saturday because it would be sooo special! We are having a hard time bringing people to church with us! People say they will come and we even go to their houses before church and they either aren’t home or they make up some excuse! It is frusturating but we have to accept their agency! Last week Sister Cordeiro and I went to Lolando and Luiza’s house to wake them up for church. Lolando was already ready to go to church but Luiza was sleeping. I went up to her room and tried everything I could to get her to wake up but nothing was working. I TRIED FOR 30 MINUTES STRAIGHT to wake this 10 year-old up!! I didn’t try dumping water on her-- I will remember that for next time! hahahha just kidding!! It was my companion’s birthday this week and we bought her pizza and made her a yummy chocolate dessert.

 A couple weeks ago in church I was sitting in gospel principles class with our investigators. We were learning about Service! There was a phrase that the teacher said that has been stuck in my mind ever since and I want to share it with you guys: " Servimos a quem amamos Desenvolvemos amor por quem servimos" This phrase really caught my attention! We need to serve those we love and develop love for those we serve. This is so true--sometimes we have a hard time loving people around us but the best thing we can do is serve them to develop love. I know the Savior served everyone around him even those who rejected him and spit upon him. He served them anyways even if they may not have deserved it. I invite you all to remember this phrase this week and serve those around you just like the Savior did!

I am sooo grateful for the chance I have to be on a mission serving the Lord every single day! I have seen a growth in my service and for the love of my Savior Jesus Christ! I know the gospel is true without a doubt in my heart. I know we have a living prophet on the earth today to guide and direct us on the earth. I know the Book of Mormon is the most correct book on this earth today and was translated by the power of God! I know service is the way we can be like our Savior Jesus Christ. 

I love you allllll!! Have a great weekkkk!


Sis. Erickson 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

6 months down!! wahoooooooo!!!

This week has been a somewhat normal week. I had the chance to go to the temple again and it was amazing as usual. I love the peace the temple brings. The weeks seem to fly by and I am having a hard time remembering everything that has happened. We invited one of our investigators to be baptized this week. She is 10 years old. She really wants to be baptized but the only problem is that her mom doesn’t want her to be. We are going to try and talk to her mom this week and see if she will let her be baptized.

Wilkens passed the sacrament this past week again and he is yet again an EXPERT. He also brought one of his friends to church with him. 
Our mission president asked the mission to read the Book of Mormon in 6 weeks this past transfer. Let me tell you, it is hard work but I am learning so much from it. 

I have a story to tell. Just a warning if you love cats, I suggest that you do not read this. If you don’t like cats then feel free to read. On Sunday after church my companion and I were at our investigator’s house. Reminder: our investigator is a 10-year old little girl. We were with her and a member in front of her house just chatting. When all of a sudden the member said, "What is going on with that cat?" I turned around and saw that a cat was hit by a car and blood was coming out of its eyes and mouth. The cat was still alive but was jumping up and down seizing at the same time. I have never seen anything like this in my entire life. I watched as it took its last breaths. Our investigator, the 10-year old girl started crying and was in complete shock. I’m sorry if this is too much for some of you, but don’t worry, I am sure the cat is in heaven now. We had to explain to Lousia that everything was going to be okay and that the cat had gone to a better place. 

 Also, this morning my companion passed out on the street corner. We had to rush her to the hospital. Don’t worry; she is okay now. It was scary in the moment but all of us are laughing now. It is a really good thing we had 2 other sisters with us when it happened because I didn’t know what to do. It seems in the moment of stress I suddenly forget how to speak Portuguese. This week definitely ended with a bang and started with a bang. 

Thank you for all of your emails to me and for all of the support.

 I love you all. 

 Sister Erickson 

Your Brazilian Missionary Daughter!!--July 19th

Hi Mom and Dad!!! 

Sorry I didn’t get to email you guys this Monday! We had pday today because we went to the temple! I don’t have very much time to email but this week has been really good and also hard--not many people have been very receptive but that is normal. We have an investigator right now who is really great. Her name is Louisa and she is 10 years old. We invited her to be baptized on the 30th of this month. Pray for her.

Mom and Dad, I love the temple so much! I think it is the one place I feel the most comfortable and in peace. I am doing really well. Thanks Mom for sending the package. Looks like you guys are doing really well. It is really, really cold here. I think winter has hit. Strange to think it is really hot there and really cold here.

How’s the family?? How’s Alpine?? Sounds like your trip to India went really well, Dad. What is India like--way different??

I love you both so much. Sorry that you didn’t know I would email today. Mom, I got my eyebrows done! I hope you don’t mind. My hair is growing. I don’t have a lot of new news for you but I will email again on Monday. I am really tired and I want to sleep but I don’t think I will have time. Missionaries don’t have time to sleep! Haha! Have a great week!! 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

No NO NOOO!!!!

This week has been a week full of "No NO NO! I don’t want to hear your message, and No one is home!!" This week has been a hard week to visit people. Days seem way long when no one is home or no one wants to hear your message! It’s only a message of your Salvation, no problem! We have had a lot of noooos this week, but a few really cool yesses!:)

We had a really cool experience this week with our Investigator Ruy. Ruy right now is really concerned about his work and about being able to support himself right now. For the past few weeks he hasn’t been able to come to church with us because he works on Sunday. We had an impression this past week that we needed to teach him about Keeping The Sabbath Day Holy. The lesson went really well and the spirit was so strong. We made it very clear to him the importance of dedicating the Sabbath to the Lord and not working. I shared a scripture, Mosiah 2:41 where King Benjamin is talking to the people about keeping the commandments. This verse talks about if we keep the commandments we will be blessed both in spiritual matters and in material matters. I felt prompted that I needed to share this scripture for him to understand that if we keep the commandments God will help us. We left him with the invitation to keep the Sabbath day holy. The next day we returned to visit him and he told us he canceled his work on Sunday to go to church! S. Cordeiro and I were beyond happy. He truly understands the doctrine and principle of keeping the Sabbath day holy. 

Another great experience this week! Wilkens passed the sacrament for the first time!!!!! Let me tell you S. Cordeiro and I were almost in tears. It looked like he had been passing the sacrament for years. Wilkens looks so happy and he smiles every time he sees us. What a blessing the gospel is in our lives. 

Last night S. Cordeiro and I were walking home at about 9:30 laughing really loud in the streets. When all of a sudden we saw a drunken man sleeping on the sidewalk. I almost screamed it scared me so bad. After we saw him we tried to walk super quiet and really fast to not wake him up. We were afraid he was going to wake up and maybe rob us. Don’t worry he didn’t wake up!! haahahha Just a little funny story! 

Thanks for all of your letters and for all your support I hope you all have a really great week!! 

All my love,
Sister Erickson